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Portuguese Podengo

The Podengo is a delightful little hound with a sturdy build, slightly longer than they are tall. The head should be lean and fine with large triangular ears set high and carried erect and forward giving the Pod an alert and keen expression.
Coats can be smooth or rough, but either should be a tight, weatherproof coat in any shade of yellow, fawn or black, with or without white markings. Occasionally they come in white with markings of fawn, yellow or black.

12 – 14 years
Between 4-5kg
Between 20-30cm
Coat in any shade of yellow, fawn or black. May have white markings
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

There are currently no widely recognised health problems in the Portuguese Pointer breed.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


Although a small dog, the Podengo Pequeno has an enormous personality. Tough, brave, fast and light of foot, they are agile and intelligent. Loyal to owners and easily able to warn by furious alert barking to any suspicious activity, the Podengo works hard for their place in the family home. Capable of a high level of training if owners wish to put in the work, but also capable of maximum mischief if they do not, the Podengo may be small, but they are not easily missed!

Vet Rating

Ideal Owner

History and Origins

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition Needs

Grooming Portuguese Podengo Dogs

Training Portuguese Podengo Dogs

Best Family Dog

Did You Know?

  • The Podengo comes in three sizes, however we only have the Podengo Pequeno in the UK. Although more recently the Podengo Pequeno was used as a pack dog, in the past they were sometimes carried in pouches until the time came to use them to flush rabbits out of heavy undergrowth’s and thickets.
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